I'm looking over newly-sworn in President Trump's speech. Vintage Trump, for better or worse.
"January 20th, 2017, will be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of this nation again." Not quite. That assumes that "the people" weren't in charge yesterday, that the people who voted Obama in the last two elections weren't "the people." Trump got a majority of the electoral vote and thus was put in charge today, but he got a minority of the vote back in November.
However, this is the money paragraph for Trumpism-
From this day forward, it's going to be only America first, America first. Every decision on trade, on taxes, on immigration, on foreign affairs will be made to benefit American workers and American families. We must protect our borders from the ravages of other countries making our product, stealing our companies and destroying our jobs.
That leaves out any hope of compassion and sacrifice for a greater good towards the rest of the world. Making the world a better place doesn't count, just making the US a better place. It creates a small "we" that puts non-Americans outside the circle of consideration.
For instance, taking away the tax-deductability of charitable donations overseas would redirect some of those donations to domestic charities or spent on US goods (no, Trump's not proposing that). It would materially "benefit American workers and American families." However, that doesn't seem to be that godly of a move.
True, the Obama team has been internationalist to a fault who's do-gooder instincts went badly astray in a number of locales, especially in the Arab Spring era, where only the initial outbreak in Tunisia improved things and generated two messy civil wars in Libya and Syria. However, there are times where being (as the Navy ad went) a force for good in the world is still called for.
Moving away some from the Obama team's (and Dubya's) Wilsonian do-gooderism is a prudent idea, but self-interest only goes so far. "Enlightened" self-interest which includes the well-being of others is still a virtue, at least to me.